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Native comedian confronts audiences with jokes about genocide
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Native comedian confronts audiences with jokes about genocide (July 18, 2018)

A citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Howie Echo-Hawk has been making people laugh all his life.

Tribal leaders step up to hold corporations accountable for climate change
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Tribal leaders step up to hold corporations accountable for climate change (June 25, 2018)

Tribal leaders are stepping up to pass a ballot initiative that aims to hold corporations accountable for climate change.

Supreme Court delivers bad news to tribes as term draws to a close
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Supreme Court delivers bad news to tribes as term draws to a close (June 25, 2018)

The nation's highest court won't be letting Indian Country rest over the summer.

Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gains steam
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Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gains steam (June 18, 2018)

Bipartisan efforts to repeal an outdated ban on distilleries in Indian Country continue to gain momentum on Capitol Hill.

Colville Tribes enter second year of hemp production with bigger grow
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Colville Tribes enter second year of hemp production with bigger grow (June 18, 2018)

The Colville Tribes are expanding their hemp operation in Washington state.

'A fantastic day for Indian Country': Treaty tribes celebrate Supreme Court victory
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'A fantastic day for Indian Country': Treaty tribes celebrate Supreme Court victory (June 12, 2018)

Tribes in Washington state are rejoicing after the nation's highest court upheld a decision in favor of their treaty rights.

Treaty tribes score unusual victory in closely-watched Supreme Court case
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Treaty tribes score unusual victory in closely-watched Supreme Court case (June 11, 2018)

A closely-watched treaty rights case has resulted in victory for tribes but the nation's highest court was so divided that it was unable to reach a decision.

Bill recognizes tribal sovereignty over marijuana amid uncertainty in Washington
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Bill recognizes tribal sovereignty over marijuana amid uncertainty in Washington (June 7, 2018)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is hoping to clear up a cloud hanging over marijuana in Indian Country and in states across the nation.

Yakama Nation celebrates treaty whose provisions are questioned by Trump
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Yakama Nation celebrates treaty whose provisions are questioned by Trump (June 7, 2018)

The Yakama Nation is commemorating the 163rd anniversary of its treaty amid doubts raised by the Trump administration.

Gyasi Ross: Washington attorney general attacks tribal treaty rights
Law | Opinion

Gyasi Ross: Washington attorney general attacks tribal treaty rights (June 6, 2018)

The Supreme Court is about to decide a major treaty rights case, potentially overturning a victory secured by 21 tribes. How did Indian Country get here?

'Bring our sister home': Lummi Nation calls for release of orca in Florida
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'Bring our sister home': Lummi Nation calls for release of orca in Florida (May 31, 2018)

The Lummi Nation brought a whale totem pole to Florida to call attention to the plight of Tokitae, an orca held in captivity for nearly half a century.

ProPublica: Sentence handed down for death of young Quinault basketball star
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ProPublica: Sentence handed down for death of young Quinault basketball star (May 25, 2018)

A white man in Washington state got 7 1/2 years for a killing some said was fueled by hate.

Yakama Nation dedicates new center to help veterans with services
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Yakama Nation dedicates new center to help veterans with services (May 22, 2018)

The Yakama Warriors Association finally has a place to call home on the reservation in Washington.

Supreme Court sides with tribal interests in sovereign immunity case
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Supreme Court sides with tribal interests in sovereign immunity case (May 21, 2018)

In a rare win for Indian Country, the nation's highest court has sided with tribal interests in a closely-watched sovereign immunity case.

Trump administration goes against tribal interests in treaty case
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Trump administration goes against tribal interests in treaty case (May 16, 2018)

After seven months, the Trump administration has finally provided its views in a closely-watched treaty rights case and it's not looking good for Indian Country.

Monte Mills: Supreme Court weighs old tribal treaties in modern case
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Monte Mills: Supreme Court weighs old tribal treaties in modern case (May 14, 2018)

Although much has changed, the words of treaties remain, in the Constitution’s words, the 'supreme law of the land.'

Another Indian law case in limbo as high court turns to Trump again
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Another Indian law case in limbo as high court turns to Trump again (May 14, 2018)

For the third time in an Indian law case, the nation's highest court has asked the Trump administration for guidance despite a lack of leadership in key executive positions.

Nooksack Tribe elects felon as chairman after kicking out 306 people again
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Nooksack Tribe elects felon as chairman after kicking out 306 people again (May 8, 2018)

The Nooksack Tribe has a new slate of leaders, including a chairman who was convicted of stealing from the tribe.

Chinook Nation heads to court to battle federal government's 'genocide'
Law | National | Politics | Federal Recognition

Chinook Nation heads to court to battle federal government's 'genocide' (May 8, 2018)

The tribe whose ancestors welcomed Lewis and Clark to the Northwest more than 200 years ago is still fighting for federal recognition.

Salish and Kootenai citizen wins award at international wine competition
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Salish and Kootenai citizen wins award at international wine competition (May 3, 2018)

A citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes who is one of the few Native winemakers in the country is basking in praise for his work.

Winnebago Tribe takes advantage of new 'Opportunity Zone' designation
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Winnebago Tribe takes advantage of new 'Opportunity Zone' designation (April 27, 2018)

Indian Country may have been left out of Washington's new tax law but one program is opening up opportunities to tribes.

ProPublica: Young Quinault Nation basketball star was killed in disputed hate crime
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ProPublica: Young Quinault Nation basketball star was killed in disputed hate crime (April 26, 2018)

Jimmy Smith-Kramer, a basketball legend on the Quinault Nation reservation, was 20 when he was mowed down by a white man in a pickup truck.

Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gets first hearing
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Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gets first hearing (April 23, 2018)

A bill that repeals a remnant of a more paternalistic era in federal Indian policy is getting its first airing on Capitol Hill.

Only caribou herd in lower 48 United States declared 'functionally extinct'
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Only caribou herd in lower 48 United States declared 'functionally extinct' (April 19, 2018)

The only caribou herd in the lower 48 United States has been declared 'functionally extinct' because it is down to just three animals.

Tribes hail historic Supreme Court hire as justices hear treaty rights case
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Tribes hail historic Supreme Court hire as justices hear treaty rights case (April 18, 2018)

With the U.S. Supreme Court taking up its third Indian law case of the term, tribes and their advocates are welcoming a historic development.

Fawn Sharp re-elected as president of Quinault Nation for a fifth term
Politics

Fawn Sharp re-elected as president of Quinault Nation for a fifth term (April 12, 2018)

Voters of the Quinault Nation went to the polls and re-elected all of their top leaders.

High Country News: Northwest tribes in fight against fossil fuels
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High Country News: Northwest tribes in fight against fossil fuels (March 28, 2018)

Two Pacific Northwest conflicts exemplify a union between tribal nations and anti-fossil fuel advocates.

Supreme Court hears second Indian law case during a busy term
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Supreme Court hears second Indian law case during a busy term (March 21, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in its second Indian law case of what has turned out to be an unusually busy term.

New bill repeals old prohibition on distilleries in Indian Country
Business | National | Politics

New bill repeals old prohibition on distilleries in Indian Country (March 19, 2018)

A vestige of a paternalistic era might finally be coming down, leading to more economic development in Indian Country.

YES! Magazine: Students explain why they want stronger gun laws
Education | National | Politics

YES! Magazine: Students explain why they want stronger gun laws (March 15, 2018)

'All of these students will be voting in the next four years. We will be in the driver’s seat.'

Mark Trahant: Ready for change? 11 Native candidates are running
National | Politics

Mark Trahant: Ready for change? 11 Native candidates are running (March 15, 2018)

A special election in Pennsylvania is a good sign for Native American #NativeVote18 candidates running for office.

Tulalip Tribes head to trial in closely-watched dual taxation case
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Tulalip Tribes head to trial in closely-watched dual taxation case (March 14, 2018)

Should states and counties be able to tax businesses in Indian Country?

Nooksack Tribe scores as Trump administration recognizes council
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Nooksack Tribe scores as Trump administration recognizes council (March 12, 2018)

A year after being called out by the Trump administration, the Nooksack Tribe has won recognition of its leadership amid a long-running disenrollment dispute.

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe joins marijuana industry with new store
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Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe joins marijuana industry with new store (March 6, 2018)

The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe is joining the marijuana industry with the opening of High Point in Washington.

Supreme Court schedules April 18 argument in tribal treaty rights case
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Supreme Court schedules April 18 argument in tribal treaty rights case (February 26, 2018)

A victory secured by 21 treaty tribes is in doubt as the state of Washington takes a dispute over culverts to the nation's highest court.

Former Lummi Nation chairman Larry Kinley passes on at age of 71
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Former Lummi Nation chairman Larry Kinley passes on at age of 71 (February 21, 2018)

Larry George Kinley, a former chairman of the Lummi Nation, passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 71.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds meeting for busy week
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds meeting for busy week (February 12, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will advance a bill to compensate the Spokane Tribe and another to update the Tribal Law and Order Act at a business meeting.

Colville Tribes won't be changing name after landslide in referendum
National | Politics

Colville Tribes won't be changing name after landslide in referendum (February 8, 2018)

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation won't be changing their name even though some have said it doesn't adequately represent their people.

Mark Trahant: Native candidates chase money in election season
Politics

Mark Trahant: Native candidates chase money in election season (February 6, 2018)

It’s time to look at the money. How much money are #NativeVote18 candidates raising?

Treaty tribes cheer as Washington governor puts end to oil project
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Treaty tribes cheer as Washington governor puts end to oil project (January 30, 2018)

Tribes with treaty rights along the Columbia River are praising Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) for killing a controversial oil project.

Judge grants reprieve against disputed leaders of Nooksack Tribe
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Judge grants reprieve against disputed leaders of Nooksack Tribe (January 30, 2018)

A lawsuit targeting the disputed leaders of the Nooksack Tribe has been put on hold while the Trump administration reviews the results of a recent election.

Bureau of Indian Affairs reaffirms oversight in Nooksack Tribe dispute
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Bureau of Indian Affairs reaffirms oversight in Nooksack Tribe dispute (January 24, 2018)

The Trump administration is continuing to assert oversight in a long-running leadership and disenrollment dispute within the Nooksack Tribe.

Supreme Court schedules March 21 argument in tribal property case
Law

Supreme Court schedules March 21 argument in tribal property case (January 24, 2018)

Oral arguments have been scheduled in the second Indian law case on the U.S. Supreme Court docket.

Treaty tribes stunned as Supreme Court agrees to hear salmon passage case
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Treaty tribes stunned as Supreme Court agrees to hear salmon passage case (January 15, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a new year surprise to Indian Country by agreeing to resolve a treaty rights dispute.

Supreme Court shakes up docket by accepting sovereignty case at request of tribe
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Supreme Court shakes up docket by accepting sovereignty case at request of tribe (December 11, 2017)

The U.S. Supreme Court has been relatively uneventful so far for Indian Country but a little shakeup is on the way.

YES! Magazine: Tribes lead battles against big oil projects in the Pacific Northwest
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YES! Magazine: Tribes lead battles against big oil projects in the Pacific Northwest (December 11, 2017)

Communities throughout the Northwest, often led by Native American tribes, have been stopping one big oil project after another.

Chief of police for Kalispel Tribe charged with domestic violence in Washington
Law

Chief of police for Kalispel Tribe charged with domestic violence in Washington (December 6, 2017)

The Kalispel Tribe isn't commenting on news reports about the arrest of its chief of police for domestic violence.

Nooksack Tribe plans to revive disenrollment campaign despite many warnings
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Nooksack Tribe plans to revive disenrollment campaign despite many warnings (December 6, 2017)

The Nooksack Tribe finally held an election for four council seats but the results are being challenged by citizens who might be kicked out.

Swinomish Tribe celebrates grand opening of substance abuse treatment center
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Swinomish Tribe celebrates grand opening of substance abuse treatment center (November 22, 2017)

The Swinomish Tribe has turned a tragedy into triumph with the opening of a substance abuse treatment center in Washington.

House subcommittee schedules hearing on tribal self-determination and land bills
National | Politics | Trust

House subcommittee schedules hearing on tribal self-determination and land bills (November 9, 2017)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will take testimony on three tribal self-determination and land bills on November 15.

Mark Trahant: Election night brings good news for Native American candidates
Opinion | Politics

Mark Trahant: Election night brings good news for Native American candidates (November 8, 2017)

Voters from Maine to Washington and all points in between rejected Trumpism and it was a good night for Native candidates too.

Yakama Nation sues county for arresting minor on homelands in Washington
Law

Yakama Nation sues county for arresting minor on homelands in Washington (November 6, 2017)

The Yakama Nation is asserting authority over a disputed portion of its territory with a new lawsuit in federal court.

Quileute Tribe starts process to move village to safer ground in Washington
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Quileute Tribe starts process to move village to safer ground in Washington (November 1, 2017)

The Quileute Tribe is moving its largest community to higher ground in Washington, with construction of a new school expected in the spring of 2018.

Winnemucca Indian Colony files lawsuit over raid of hemp grow in California
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Winnemucca Indian Colony files lawsuit over raid of hemp grow in California (October 31, 2017)

The Winnemucca Indian Colony is conjuring up Christopher Columbus in a lawsuit that challenges a raid of its hemp farm in California.

White House blocks funding to improve housing for Columbia River treaty tribes
National | Politics

White House blocks funding to improve housing for Columbia River treaty tribes (October 31, 2017)

Lawmakers from Oregon and Washington are calling on the Trump administration to honor the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Spokane Tribe throws hat into ring for potentially lucrative Amazon headquarters
Business | National | Technology

Spokane Tribe throws hat into ring for potentially lucrative Amazon headquarters (October 26, 2017)

The Spokane Tribe is among the many communities seeking to host a second headquarters for online retailer Amazon.

Tribes stand to benefit from public safety network as deadline approaches for states
Environment | National | Politics | Technology

Tribes stand to benefit from public safety network as deadline approaches for states (October 23, 2017)

A new public safety network could help Indian Country avoid the types of communications problems seen by the Spokane Tribe when a fire hit the reservation in Washington.

Mark Trahant: Native candidates cross Indian Country to raise money for campaigns
National | Politics

Mark Trahant: Native candidates cross Indian Country to raise money for campaigns (October 23, 2017)

We have the first round of campaign finance reports out and there are seven Native American candidates for Congress, three Republicans and four Democrats.

Swinomish Tribe set to open substance abuse treatment center in Washington
Health

Swinomish Tribe set to open substance abuse treatment center in Washington (October 11, 2017)

The Swinomish Tribe will be providing a comprehensive set of services at its new substance abuse treatment center in Washington.

Wife of Lummi Nation council member injured in mass shooting in Las Vegas
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Wife of Lummi Nation council member injured in mass shooting in Las Vegas (October 3, 2017)

The wife of a leader of the Lummi Nation is recovering after being injured during a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.